For most of us, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most highly anticipated days of the year. Family, food, fun, and laughter–it’s the stuff of which memories are made.
Between homeschooling the oldest five children, and caring for a three-year-old and a teething baby, I found I had very little time left for preparing for our Thanksgiving celebration this year.
Beautiful tablecloth and elegant place settings? Nope.
Gorgeous fall decorations to enjoy? Not this year.
But family, food, fun, and laughter–those we had in abundance. And really, those are the things that really matter. . . the things that really create memories to treasure.
Family . . .
In addition to the nine of us, my mom and dad were able to visit for several days. Three generations of family, all together under one roof, means lots of reminiscing (among the older ones) and plenty of “showing Grammy and PapPap” (from the younger set). It’s memory-making at its finest.
Food . . .
Oh, the food! We may not have used the fine china and crystal, but we enjoyed a bountiful meal in spite of the styrofoam plates and plastic cups. Family traditions really shine through in the Thanksgiving dinner, I think. We feasted on turkey (almost 23 pounds of turkey!), mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, cranberry jello salad (recipe handed down from my first dad’s mother), pistachio whip, fresh applesauce, and pumpkin and apple pies.
Fun and laughter . . .
Plenty of enjoyable conversation, echoing from many rooms of the house. A variety of games played, with the winners proudly announcing their success. “Window-shopping” for new furniture from the comfort of the living room couch. Reading jokes aloud from out-dated Reader’s Digests. Yes, our house was full of fun and laughter!
Giving thanks . . .
In the midst of all the family traditions and special memories that we hold dear, however, Thanksgiving Day wouldn’t be complete without truly giving thanks. My heart was touched to hear my little three-year-old listing some of the things he was thankful for: Mom, windows, trees, beds. May our hearts always be as truly grateful as the simple heart of a little child.
Have a minute? I know you will enjoy reading about how these three families celebrate Thanksgiving!